W&L Mourns the Loss of Athletics Hall of Famer Tom Keigler '77

W&L Mourns the Loss of Athletics Hall of Famer Tom Keigler '77

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee sadly announces that Athletics Hall of Fame lacrosse player Tom Keigler '77 passed away on Wednesday, October 11 following a valiant battle with brain cancer.

Keigler is generally regarded as one of the best defenseman in the history of the sport, producing a lacrosse career that also culminated in his induction to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999.

Keigler was an all-county, all-state and All-America player at Towson High School, before joining the Generals in 1974.  He was a four-year starter for W&L, earning Third Team All-America honors as a sophomore and First Team All-America laurels as a junior and senior.  He finished his career with 638 ground balls, more than any player in school history.  He helped lead W&L to four NCAA Division I tournament berths, culminating in runs to the NCAA semifinals in 1974 and 1975.

A two-time recipient of the Wheelwright Memorial Trophy, which is given to the team's most valuable player, Keigler participated in the 1977 North-South All-Star game and he played for the U.S. men's national team in the 1978 and 1982 World Championships. 

Keigler played club lacrosse for five years for the Mt. Washington Club and one year for the Charlottesville Lacrosse Club, earning club all-star honors in 1979 and 1980. He was an assistant coach at University of Virginia in 1978, and the head coach at McDonogh (Md.) School from 1980-84. He is a former board member of the Lacrosse Foundation.  Keigler completed a master's degree in education from Virginia in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Loyola in 1983.  He was the assistant headmaster at McDonogh for eight years before starting a career in business.  He had served as a group manager at M&T Bank since 2009.

Keigler has maintained a close connection to the University and its lacrosse program over the years.  His son Will was a four-year letterwinner for the Generals, graduating in 2010 with 212 career points, which rank sixth in program history.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 10:30 am at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the US Lacrosse Foundation, 2 Loveton Circle, Sparks, MD 21152.

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